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Automotive Star Power

Amid a galaxy of luxury cars, the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was a brilliant shooting star. The company only produced 304 in 1958, the second and final year of the line’s manufacture. But the car’s space-age style and advanced engineering made the Eldorado a household name despite a cost astronomical for the average suburban family.

Cadillac pioneered an X-frame body design for the Eldorado to support its simultaneous introduction of an innovative, self-leveling air suspension, replacing the springs that came before.

Under the hood, this new suspension system combined with the car’s V8 engine, new, low-profile tires, and reduced center of gravity to elevate the Eldorado’s control, comfort, and speed while driving — a functional achievement befitting the ultra-modern exterior.

Priced at $13,074 — $118,270 today — the hardtop with its rear-hinged door design was the cost of a new, middle-class home. But authentically advanced technology, modern comfort, and stylish stainless steel details more than justified the price tag for buyers.

The Eldorado’s enduring star power (Frank Sinatra was a fan) further cemented Cadillac’s legacy as the arbiter of high-end automotive design and performance.

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection

Glovebox Glamour

The car’s grand promise was realized writ small in the glovebox vanity set provided to passengers. A magnetic tray prevented spills from four metal drink tumblers, and an atomizer — similarly designed to be spill-proof by the French fashion concern House of Lanvin — helped conserve the single ounce of Arpège perfume it held while on the road.

Space Age Convenience

The power operation offered by the Eldorado Brougham was revelatory, owners having a sense of holding the key to technology not entirely removed from that rocketing the country into space.

​​Switches in the rear doors prevented the car from starting if any were open. Headlights transitioned to low beams if a light-sensing ‘eye’ detected an oncoming vehicle. And both a central locking system and trunk lid could be operated remotely at the push of a button. ​​

Air conditioning, a heating system with under-seat blowers, and a six-position, programmable driver’s seat were also standard features.

Exterior Details

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Specs:

  • 365 cubic inch, overhead valve, V-8 engine
  • 335 hp
  • Four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission
  • Four-wheel hydraulic power drum brakes
  • 126-inch wheelbase
  • Glove box vanity set
  • Cross pencil, notebook, and mirror in rear passenger compartment
  • Originally priced at $13,074

Interior Details

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - The JBS Collection